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Pepper Jelly Redux: Apricot Jam, Extra-Zesty Habañero and Serrano Jellies

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Remember how I said I was through making pepper jellies for the year? Well, I lied through both teeth like an Oriental rug prevaricated and dissembled got talked into making some more. (That’s it! “Talked into.”)

For some reason, Central Market had some great-looking, fresh […]

Peaches O’ Eight Jam, the Perfect Pirate Toast Topping

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Late-season peaches are nicely priced at the grocers this time of year, and there are so many varieties! White-flesh or standard, large or small, red or cream colored, they’re a nice addition to the table this time of year. It’s also time to start […]

Charred Pineapple, Habañeros and Bourbon, a Great Jam Combo

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Pepper Jelly Madness continues with an experiment that worked out very well, in my not so humble opinion…

A flavor combination that works at many levels involves pineapple that’s been grilled, paired with chile heat. When you add the smoky, vanilla-and-oak essence of a good […]

Lemony-Hot Jam, a Hybrid Spread With a Slow Burn

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Here’s a nice spread for your toast, or to cover a block of cream cheese. After I made the lemon-ginger marmalade I canned only a bit more than half of it, leaving about three cups in the pot. I simply covered it and pushed […]

Got Cancer? Fight Back With Jam and Jelly!

Finally, Some Really Good Food News!

The New Scotsman reported yesterday on some exciting research into cancer and food. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich announced that pectin, an essential ingredient in most jams and jellies, is a powerful cancer fighter.

In particular, it produces fragments that attach to galectin-3, a protein […]

The Gourmet Chile Pepper and Salsa Festival: Heat, Eats and Margarit-Ahs

After the trek and detours mentioned in my previous post, we finally arrived at the Festival. I knew this wouldn’t be a big event (like maybe ZestFest ’08), so I wasn’t worred about getting there early and leaving late; we reversed that, actually. With the beauteous & clever Paula Jo out on point (so I […]

Traveling to The Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

I attended the Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival on Saturday, at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is a small, mostly-vendor gathering, and it was hot! I mean the weather; it was 106 degrees F at two in the afternoon, with intense sun and no clouds.

Oh, the food, you ask? Lots of samples; more […]